Some 6 Bty – 6 FAR Photos…

From John ‘Peebles’ Everan and Diarmuid Scully.

Devoy Bks ,(YO’s table?) 6 bty Christmas Dinner, probably late 70s. L to R,Gibbo, Burko, the Col-o-nel (now), Seamie, John D, Seanie Moore (RIP), Guinger, Action, (probably – rear head shot)

6bty. Christmas Dinner late 70s

6 FAR 3 comrades passed onDom, Podge & Monty all RIP alas, in happier times… Fentons , prob late 80s. Babby is on the right but still hale & hearty

Below – 6 Bty Officers and NCO’s on ATEx in the 90’s. Looks like its outside Coolmoney House. Future Adj on the extreme right could have washed his face for the photo!

Camp 1990 26pg

UK TA to be renamed as ‘Army Reserve’ plus doubling in size

The UK ministry of defence has announced a cut to their permanent forces, and a doubling of their Reserve forces.

New book on the history of Irish Artillery

A new book has just been published on the history of Irish Artillery.

Its available at, and will also be in bookshops at some stage.

‘The story of the artillery used by the armed forces of the Republic of Ireland (Eire), from independence to the present day.’

Irish Artillery Corps since 1922

Irish Artillery Corps since 1922

ATEx 2012 – Short Report

62 Reserve Artiller Regiment mobilised Saturday to Glen Imaal. 2 * 4 Tube RUAG 120mm batteries deployed – co-located at Keogh’s forward. FDC deployed on Cemetry Hill. 2 * Fire Suooprt Teams deployed near Ogham Stone Junction. Series of IN shoots, recorded targets and fire plan including a 4 round fire for effect on last target. The Batteries were then handed over to the Artillery School to fire in support of PDF Standards course. Unfortunately no recruit training occurred as with previous years. Special thanks to the other Brigade units who supported the exercise with security, ransport and medical resources. Photo’s to follow!!

Brigade Shooting Competitions

62 RAR Falling plates team!

62 RAR Falling Plates Team 2012


62 RAR ran Exercise ‘Open Eyes’ in the Glen of Imaal on 31 Mar/1 Apr 2012. This was an Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) led scenario culminating in an attack on an enemy position where the situation has been developed and planned using ISTAR Assets and Staff processes. This was a learning Exercise and was designed to introduce the Unit to the ISTAR Concept and to practice its implementation. Elements from Brigade CIS, Logs and Medics provided support throughout and some of these elements also acted as a very convincing enemy party.

For the Exercise we deployed an Artillery Anchor OP and 2 by Artillery FOO parties whose task was to locate and observe the Enemy at all stages of the exercise. We also deployed 2 by Recce Patrols and practiced 1 Bty’s Gunners in patrolling and reporting techniques. During the Exercise the enemy changed location and Exercise HQ retasked an OP to get eyes on them in their new location and the Recce Patrols then secured a Forming Up Point (FUP) for the 2/3 Bty 3* Course who carried out a Platoon in Attack on the new enemy position. HQ Bty provided Exercise HQ who carried out full command  and control at all stages of the Exercise with all of the assets feeding information to the Ex HQ via tactical reports.

Pictures to follow…

Russian army recruits ex Battery Commander…

Retirement of 62 RAR Officers

Comdt Noel Kelly (BC No. 1 Bty) and Comdt Ger Gibson (Regimental 2 I/C) are set to retire before the year end. To mark their last Training Exercise, they both fired their last rounds, and were presented with mementos on Cemetry Hill following completion of live firing exercises. Members of the ‘Superimposed Battery’ including Comdt. Oliver Murphy (Rtd), Comdt. John Miley (Rtd) and Capt. Tony Burke (Rtd) were in attendance.

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ATEx 2011 – Short Report

All sub units mobilised on Friday evening and took over Coolmoney camp on Friday night. No. 1  Battery, 4 RUAG 120mm Mortars, 1 * deliberate deployment in Stranaheley field followed by 2 quick actions inside the gate at Knickeen fjord and at Leitrim forward. 2 & 3 Battery formed 6 tube battery, deliberate deployment at Leitrim forward, hide position at Ogham Stone, followed by 2 quick actions – one in Stranaheely field and one at Leitrim Forward. FOO and Anchor OP located in Stranaheely forest. The Regiment reported to Cemetry Hill following live firing EX for ceremony and presentation to retiring members. (more details on this later). Recruit training continued through their tactical phase.

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New Regimental Adjutant

Capt. Paul ‘Hopppy’ Hopkins takes over the duties of Regimental Adjutant with 62 Reserve Regiment. First test will be Annual Training Ex!!! – All eyes on the duty roster!